Quicker Commutes: Trains to Speed Up Across NYC Subway

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Trains across New York City are set to start running faster, with some already going faster than they have in years. 

NYC Transit is making amendments to the city’s train speed limits after reviewing the rules and finding that, for decades, trains have been traveling slower than they needed to.

The reasons are two-fold.

In 1995, a crash on the Williamsburg Bridge led to an increase safety restrictions, with certain rules put into place that are now obsolete due to modern trains having automatic brakes.

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Couple that with the fact some of the signals in the tunnels don’t work and tell trains to slow down for no reason, and you’ll see how the trains got to running slower than they should be.

With the new changes, some trains should be running at twice the speed, NYC Transit vice president of subways Sally Librera said.  “In some cases they’re going from 15 [mph] to 30 [mph]. Others from 15 [mph]  to 20 [mph].”

Transit president Andy Byford said the plan was a way to improve service on the MTA now before Albany decides whether to fun a $40 billion modernization. 

“The operators can go much more quickly. It’s about safely saving seconds,” he said.

The MTA says the first trains with faster signals are in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The rest of the city will get faster trains in the coming weeks.

Here is the list of 34 places where the MTA says trains will now run faster: 

Subject:Speed limit locations

Lines Served

Track (Local/Express)

Direction

Station

 New Limit vs Old Limit

ESTIMATED Number of seconds saved for each single train movement (BARRING ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE)

R

Local

SB

North End of 36th St Platform (Brooklyn)

30 MPH vs. 15 MPH

14 Seconds

R

Local

SB

North End of 59th St Platform (Brooklyn)

30 MPH vs. 15 MPH

14 Seconds

R

Local

NB

Between 53rd St and 59th St (just north of 59th St platform) (Brooklyn)

20 MPH vs. 15 MPH

07 Seconds

JMZ

Local

SB on JZ, NB on M

Between Essex St and Bowery (just past Essex platform) (Manhattan)

20 MPH vs. 15 MPH

25 Seconds

JMZ

Local to Middle Track

NB on JZ, SB on M

Between Hewes and March (just before Marcy)  (Brooklyn)

30 MPH vs. 15 MPH

31 Seconds

Q

Local to Express

NB/SB

South of Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

D-25 vs. D-15

18 Seconds

R

Local

SB

Between 36th St and 45th St (Brooklyn)

20 MPH vs. 15 MPH

20 Seconds (two consecutive signs total)

1

Local

NB/SB

Between 215 and 207 (Manhattan)

MAS vs. 20 MPH

14 Seconds (x2 – bidirectional)

1

Local

SB

North of Penn Station (Manhattan)

MAS vs. 18 MPH

10 Seconds

23

Express

SB

South end of Penn Station Platform (Manhattan)

30 MPH vs. 20 MPH

07 Seconds

RW

Local

SB

North end of Herald Sq Platform (Manhattan)

25 MPH vs. 15 MPH

11 Seconds

RW

Local

NB

south of Times Sq (Manhattan)

30 MPH vs. 15 MPH

15 Seconds

NQ

Express

NB

South of Herald Sq (Manhattan)

25 MPH vs. 20 MPH

06 Seconds

NQRW

Local/Express

SB

Switches South of Prince St (Manhattan)

D-15 vs. D-10

18 Seconds

F

Local

NB

South of 18th Av Platform (Brooklyn)

25 MPH vs. 15 MPH

23 Seconds

BD

Only track

SB

Between 7th Av and 47-50th St (Manhattan)

25 MPH vs. 18 MPH

17 Seconds

23

Local

SB

Between Bergen St and Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)

MAS vs. 20 MPH

07 Seconds

2345

Local+Express

SB

South end of Atlantic Ave Platform (Brooklyn)

MAS vs. 23 & 26 MPH

08 Seconds (x2 – local and express)

23

Local

SB

South end of Nevins Platform (Brooklyn)

25 MPH vs. 10 MPH

26 Seconds

23

Local

NB/SB

North End of Nevins Platform (Brooklyn)

15 MPH vs. 10 MPH

15 Seconds (x2 – bidirectional)

45

Express

NB

South of Franklin Av (Brooklyn)

MAS vs. 20 MPH

15 Seconds

RW

Local

NB

South of City Hall (Manhattan)

15 MPH vs. 6 MPH

24 Seconds

A

Express

SB

Just North of W. 4th Street (Manhattan)

30 MPH vs. 25 MPH

06 Seconds

45

Express

NB

North of Canal St (Manhattan)

30 MPH vs. 23 MPH

13 Seconds

F

Only track

SB

South end of 18th Av Platform (Brooklyn)

20 MPH vs. 15 MPH

12 Seconds

MR

Local

SB

Between 36th St and Steinway St Queens

30 MPH vs. 20 MPH

13 Seconds

6

Local

NB

South of 116th St (Manhattan)

25 MPH vs. 15 MPH

10 Seconds

25

Only track

NB

Between President St and Franklin Ave (Brooklyn)

MAS/25  vs. 20 & 15 MPH

25 Seconds (two consecutive signs total)

RW

Local

SB

South end of 57th St-7th Av Platform (Manhattan)

35 MPH vs. 16 MPH

13 Seconds

BD

Express

SB

South of Broadway-Lafayette(Manhattan)

30 MPH vs. 20 MPH

13 Seconds

 

 





Source : Nbcnewyork